Watch: Real Madrid's Benzema strikes on precise counter to stun Bayern Munich

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Benzema Karim Benzema celebrates his opening goal for Real Madrid against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. (Paul White/AP)

Bayern Munich dominated the ball in the first half of their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg encounter, out-passing Real Madrid 402-91 and making itself right at home at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Possession doesn't always translate to the scoreboard, though.

Madrid's Karim Benzema stunned Bayern, the defending Champions League winner, with a strike off a precise counterattack in the 19th minute. A pair of Portuguese internationals connected to spark the play, with Cristiano Ronaldo -- in his return to the lineup from injury -- finding Fabio Coentrao with a splitting through ball down the left channel. Coentrao placed a pinpoint cross into Benzema's path, and the unmarked Frenchman tapped home by a helpless Manuel Neuer to give the hosts the only goal they would need in a 1-0 triumph that puts Bayern under pressure in the return leg at Allianz Arena next week.

Watch Benzema's game-winning goal below (via Fox Soccer):